By 7:30pm when the kids are in bed and we are done picking up the mess that was the night, my brain usually just has monkeys banging drums in it. I am never smart enough to soak dry beans overnight for a recipe. By 6:30 am when I am up and going my brain functions on a slightly better level and I remember I can just throw dry beans in a slow cooker all day to negate having to soak them.
This recipe couldn’t be any simpler (or cheaper). I use my 2 quarts or so of leftover chicken stock. A pound of dried yellow eye beans, 4 carrots, two yellow onions and a whole dried cayenne pepper.
Into the slow cooker goes my chicken stock. Followed by the beans. Then I slice carrots into coins and slice the onions in a large dice, I break off the stem of the cayenne and toss it in whole. Follow that up with a sprinkling of kosher salt and black pepper, stir everything up and set it on low.
I let it go for 11 hours and just before serving I throw in about 2 tablespoons worth of dried celery leaves. I use dried celery leaves because I really enjoy the flavor of celery but I always had a texture problem with it,
That’s all there is to it. All the starch from the beans turns the soup almost to the consistency of a beef stew without the beef. I absolutely love beans cooked like this but of course my maniacs won’t be as impressed so to keep them from running away from the dinner table I will probably have to make a grilled cheese to go along with it. That isn’t a problem because that will be good for dunking in the soup!
- 2 quarts chicken stock
- 1 lb dried yellow eye beans
- 4 carrots sliced
- 2 large yellow onions diced
- 1 dried cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons dried celery leaf
- Pour 2 quarts of chicken stock into slow cooker.
- Stir into stock 1 lb beans, sliced carrots, diced onion, dried pepper, salt and pepper.
- Set to low and allow to cook for 11 hours.
- Stir in dried celery and serve.
To gets the kids to the dinner table with veggie soup I usually need to make a grilled cheese to go with it.